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A trigger in the context of health refers to something that causes a physical or emotional response in a person, particularly in the context of a specific condition or disorder. To manage food triggers, strategies such as keeping a food diary, avoiding known triggers, eating regular balanced meals, managing stress, and consulting a healthcare professional can be helpful.

What is a trigger?

In the context of health, a trigger refers to something that causes a physical or emotional response in a person, particularly in the context of a specific condition or disorder. Triggers can be different for different individuals and can vary depending on the condition.

For example, triggers for migraines may include certain foods, changes in sleep patterns, stress, or exposure to bright lights. Triggers for asthma may include exercise, cold air, or exposure to certain irritants such as cigarette smoke. Triggers for depression or anxiety may include stressful events, relationship problems, or financial issues.

What are food and eating related triggers?

There are many food and eating-related triggers that can cause physical or emotional responses in individuals. Here are some examples:

  1. Migraines: Certain foods, such as processed foods, aged cheeses, chocolate, and alcohol, can trigger migraines in some people.
  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Food triggers for IBS can include high-fat foods, dairy products, spicy foods, and sugar-free sweeteners.
  3. Acid reflux: Foods that can trigger acid reflux include fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, and spicy foods.
  4. Food Allergies: Some common food allergens include peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, and seafood.
  5. Emotional eating: Emotional eating can be triggered by stress, anxiety, boredom, and depression.
  6. Binge eating disorder: Binge eating can be triggered by stress, anxiety, or depression, as well as by feeling deprived from restrictive diets.

It's important to note that these triggers may vary from person to person and that what triggers a response in one person may not have the same effect in another. 

How can you manage food triggers?

Managing food triggers can help reduce symptoms of certain conditions and improve overall health and well-being. Here are some strategies for managing food triggers:

  1. Keep a food diary: Keep track of what you eat and any symptoms that occur after eating. This can help you identify potential triggers.
  2. Avoid known triggers: If you know that certain foods trigger symptoms, try to avoid them. This may involve making changes to your diet.
  3. Eat regular, balanced meals: Eating regular, balanced meals can help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the likelihood of symptoms.
  4. Manage stress: Stress can trigger symptoms in some individuals, so finding ways to manage stress, such as through exercise or mindfulness, can help reduce symptoms.
  5. Consult a healthcare professional: If you have trouble managing your symptoms, it may be helpful to consult a healthcare professional, such as a dietitian or a doctor, who can provide personalized advice and support.
  6. Experiment with elimination diets: Elimination diets involve removing certain foods from your diet for a period of time, and then gradually reintroducing them to see if symptoms return.

It's important to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another, and it may take some trial and error to find the best strategies for managing food triggers.

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